The National Labor Relations Board made it easier, Friday, January 25, 2019, for companies to treat their workers as independent contractors excluded from federal labor protections.

The board overruled a 2014 case, FedEx Home Delivery which established a standard making it easier for workers to be considered employees rather than contractors. The majority in Friday’s case wrote that the Obama-era ruling had ” impermissibly altered the board’s traditional common-law test” by “severely limiting” the significance of workers’ “entrepreneurial opportunity” when analyzing whether they were contractors or employees.

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